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While ‘Making Waves to Fight Cancer’ is our mission, during this time of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we need to do ‘something different’… socially distanced, yet connected to our cause. Therefore, we will be replacing our pool and open water swims this year with fun ways to ‘make waves any way you can’ walk, run, golf, swim, kayak, bike. All can participate, whether you raise funds or not. Stay Tuned!

This the 28th year celebrating Swim Across America with Long Island Sound benefit swims. The Open Water Swim and Long Island Sound Pool Swims have raised record-breaking funds to fight cancer!


Even in these uncertain times, we can continue making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, we've created a special webpage for event updates, helpful information and ways you can continue to support the mission of Swim Across America.

The Long Island Sound Swim, now in its 28th year, continues to be the largest of all the SAA events. We have our signature open water swim along with eight pool swim options throughout July and August. Our open water course takes us from Larchmont Yacht Club start to Larchmont Shore Club finish, making our way along the shore. We welcome all those new and returning SAA swimmers to take part in the 10K, 5K or 2K swim options. Thank you for helping us “Make Waves to Fight Cancer."

The Long Island Sound Swim has been raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment since 1992. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Kathy Webers - forever in our hearts. In our first year, we had 35 swimmers and raised $15,000. In 2019, we had over 900 swimmers and raised $1,300,000. Due to our faithful swimmers, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors, Long Island Sound has become one of the most distinguished open water swims in the country. Please join us as we swim into our 28th year in 2020.

If you have any questions about SAA - Long Island Sound, please contact Tony Sibio.


5K Swimmers: $500 General Fundraising Requirement

  • 14-16 years old: must have LIS committee approval.
  • 12-14 years old: all parents and legal guardians of our young swimmers must agree to swim along side for the duration of the swim. If the parent or guardian is not participating in the event, he/she agrees to have another qualified adult, whom they shall specify on swim day, swim along side his/her child for the swim duration.

2K Swimmers: $500 General Fundraising Requirement

  • Children under 12: all parents and legal guardians of our youngest swimmers must agree to swim along side for the swim duration. If the parent or guardian is not participating in the event, he/she agrees to have another qualified adult, whom they shall specify on swim day, swim along side his/her child for the swim duration.

10K Swimmers: $5,000 fundraising minimum:

Must be 18 years or older, have previously completed a LIS 5K swim, and have LIS committee approval.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Teams are friends and family that participate in a swim(s) together as a group, often times, in honor or in memory of an individual. Teams must have at least 5 swimmers and raise at least $5,000 - each additional member must raise $500. A swimmer may be part of a team, no matter in which venue they elect to swim. Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Sound water temperatures can vary. Wetsuits are not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Rental: is offering $15 off with code SAA15 on adult and youth wetsuit rentals. You can find more info here.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


If this is your first time participating or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.

You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below:

Swim Across America
PO Box 217
Larchmont, NY 10538

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are supporting.


Arrival Times

  • Kayakers - arrive promptly at 6:00 am (earlier than usual at Larchmont Yacht Club) to load kayaks to avoid water traffic.
  • Volunteers (Yacht Club) - arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 am. Please park diagonal on Larchmont Ave.
  • Volunteers (Shore Club) - arrive based on your volunteer schedule. Park on street outside. There is a courtesy shuttle that goes between both clubs.
  • Swimmers - 6:00-6:45 am

Course Map



Click here for an in-depth description of the swim logistics.

Water Temperature

Water temperature in the Sound is traditionally in the 76-78 degree range on the date of our swim.

Transportation and Parking

For those arriving by train, a car will be at the Larchmont Train Station to provide swimmer transportation to LYC. Buses will provide transportation be available between both clubs to and the train station.

Parking is limited at both Larchmont Clubs. It is recommended that all non-swimmers attending the Larchmont Clubs park at the Larchmont Train Station - NYC South bound Side. Buses will be provided for free transportation to the Larchmont Clubs and back.

Larchmont Yacht Club
1 Woodbine Ave.
Larchmont, NY

Larchmont Shore Club
1 Oak Bluff Ave.
Larchmont NY.


Check-in at Larchmont Yacht Club Pandemonium: 5:45 am to 6:45 am. Please come early. Complimentary continental breakfast is served.

  • For safety purposes, if you do not sign in, you can't swim. Period. If you swim without signing in, you will never swim at this event again.
  • Swim bags - bring them as you walk from the Pandemonium to the Junior Club House towards the work docks, please load your own bag onto our truck; we will transfer it to the finish area at the Shore Club.

5K Swimmers - once directed, proceed from LYC front lawn assembly to dock

  • At 7:30, groups of 30 will enter the water in two-minute intervals.
  • Swim out through the boat channel - your course will be clearly marked with inflatables and stationary kayaks.
  • Swim near to the end of the breakwater to a turning mark, turn right, swim along a clearly marked path outside the 'Hens and Chickens' rocks, turn right again.
  • Swim toward Larchmont Shore Club, looking for the tear drop SAA signs and welcome tunnel.
  • You will be assisted by our welcome team as you come out of the water.

2K Swimmers - once directed, proceed from LYC front lawn assembly to dock

  • At 8:00, groups of 30 will enter the water in two-minute intervals.
  • There is a large turning mark at the end of the mooring field where you will turn right, proceeding to Larchmont Shore Club, your course clearly marked with inflatables and stationary kayaks.
  • As you swim towards Larchmont Shore Club, look for the SAA tear drop signs and welcome tunnel.
  • You will be assisted by our welcome team as you come out of the water.

Boat and Kayak support are lined up to keep you on course and keep you safe.

  • Spot your support. Know where your closest kayaker is located, just in case you need assistance. Take off your cap and wave it in the air, and a boater or kayaker will tend to your needs.
  • Listen to the safety staff. Listen to kayakers, boaters or safety directors. They will keep you on course. To keep the swim moving, they might pick you up completely or move you forward.
  • If you do not follow the safety staff directions, you might not be able to participate in future swims.

Check-Out: all swimmers MUST check out. This is a mandatory safety regulation! Whether you finish the swim or not, you need to check out!

Brunch: Provided post swim for each swimmer, boater, kayaker & land volunteer. Brunch tickets may be purchased for guests. Teams are recognized during the brunch. A facsimile check is presented to the beneficiaries.  Shower and changing facilities provided at Larchmont Shore Club.

Awards Ceremony: After swimmers cross the finish line, enjoy our beneficiary recognition, watch the check presentation ceremony and enjoy brunch with family and friends.

We are really excited about this year’s event and we hope you can join us in our enthusiasm and help in the fight against cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our safety team:

Tim Regan at 914-830-1668 or Steve Newman at 914-260-3412.


Swim Across America makes participant safety the most important component of all our events. All swimmers will be asked to follow specific safety procedures and policies to participate, as well as comply with SAA safety personnel, including local and government entities, Lifeguards, and water safety volunteers. Participants are responsible for adequately preparing for their registered event. We ask that all participants review the information packet provided in advance of event day, as well as attend the day-of safety briefing for important safety information.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.


NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim

New York Athletic Club - Travers Island
Date: TBA 2020

Westchester Country Club Pool Swim

Westchester Country Club
Date: TBA 2020

Orienta Beach Club Pool Swim

Orienta Beach Club
Date: TBA 2020

Lakeside Field Club Pool Swim

Lakeside Field Club
Date: July 12, 2020

Coveleigh Club Pool Swim

Coveleigh Club
Date: TBA 2020

Chappaqua S&T Club Pool Swim

Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club
Date: July 19, 2020

Lake Isle Club Pool Swim

Lake Isle Club
Date: TBA 2020

Start A Pool Swim

Interested in raising money for SAA - Long Island Sound, but not sure you're ready for the open water? Why not start a pool swim? Gather together your family, friends or team for a day at the pool. Contact Tony Sibio by email or by phone at (914) 319-2970 to learn more!



We support the Swim Across America Research Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 

Columbia Presbyterian

We fund the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Pediatric Oncology Research at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (Blood and Marrow Transplanation) at Columbia University Medical Center.

Cancer Support Team new logo

The Cancer Support Team is a local home health care agency located in Mamaroneck, NY. They provide many services to cancer patients and their families.


Interested in being a SAA - Long Island Sound sponsor?

Sponsors who support Swim Across America are the backbone of our events and we offer a number of opportunities to get involved. You may choose to honor or remember a swimmer, advertise your business, or honor the swim itself. Swim Across America is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.

Click here to view our Event Sponsorship Levels

Click here to view our Journal Sponsorship Contract


The Long Island Sound Swim started in Larchmont, New York in 1992 at the Larchmont Yacht Club with a 4-mile swim. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Kathy Webers, who along with family and friends courageously battled cancer for over a year. Our first year we had 35 swimmers and raised $15,000.

1994: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC) renamed one of its highest priority labs in honor of Swim Across America. It was also the first year that the swim's course ended at the Larchmont Shore Club, where a celebratory brunch was held.

1996: Without a swim in 1996, the LIS Committee reformed; in addition to the 4-mile swim added the 1- mile swim. Cancer Support Team and Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian at Columbia University Medical Center were added as additional beneficiaries.

1999: The Orienta Beach Club Pool 1/2 and 1-mile swims were added to provide for a less intense swim option to those who wanted to participate and support LIS events.

2003: A 6 mile swim was added to our open water swim for those who wanted to raise the bar on their swimming and fundraising capabilities.

2005: NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim was added to our events and we broke the $1 million fundraising mark.

2011: The Swim Across America lab at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announced their development of an FDA-approved revolutionary new drug to treat advanced skin cancer. We added more pool swims, introduced the "pool crawl" and raised over $1,245,000.

2017: Marked our 25th year raising money to fight cancer through research and patient care.

2020: We will celebrate our 28th year of fighting cancer in the Long Island Sound.

Click here to view the SAA - Long Island Sound archive of photos, videos and flyers.



The 2019 SAA - Long Island Sound poster is available for download!





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